Rhine River view from Landshut Castle, Germany

The Enchanting Rhine

Amsterdam, Rhine Gorge, Strasbourg, Lucerne, and Zürich aboard a Premier River Vessel

The Enchanting Rhine route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3659  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Amsterdam, Holland
Depart: Zürich, Switzerland
Lodging: 4 nights hotel, 7 nights aboard a premier river vessel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, River Cruising
Trip Level: Cultural exploration and walking tours
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Highlights

  • Amsterdam’s tranquil canals, Cologne’s majestic cathedral
  • The Rhine Gorge, with its castles and legends
  • Medieval Strasbourg, lakeside Lucerne, and cosmopolitan Zürich
  • Optional guided bike tours

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Visa Requirements

US citizens do not need a visa for the countries visited on this trip.

This riverside odyssey brings us along the ancient Rhine to picture-postcard towns, imperial cathedral cities, and famed wine country. We begin our seven-day cruise in Amsterdam, exploring its quiet canals, then head to the illustrious city of Cologne, whose cathedral is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Sailing through the legendary Rhine Gorge, with elegant castles dotting every bend in the river, we explore the wine-growing village of Rüdesheim, the quaint river town of Speyer, and medieval Strasbourg before disembarking at Basel. We end with two nights in Lucerne and two in Zürich, surrounded by Switzerland’s mountain-and-lake paradise.

Itinerary

CRUISE & LAND PROGRAM
Amsterdam to Zurich itinerary

Cruise-Only Program: Embark on Day 1, disembark on Day 8.

Day 1
Arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Embarkation

Arrive in charming Amsterdam and embark on our luxurious river cruise ship. We meet our fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner...D

Day 2
Amsterdam

After breakfast, our tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the Venice of the North. We see the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. We then enjoy a panoramic city tour to see the great landmarks of Amsterdam, including a photo stop at a windmill. Afterwards, we enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship...BLD

Day 3
Cologne, Germany

We arrive in Cologne for a guided walking tour through the old part of the city and a visit to the fabled 13th century Gothic cathedral. As an alternative to a walking tour, we can take a guided bike tour (capacity controlled). Late tonight, the ship sails to Rudesheim...BLD

Day 4
Rudesheim

This morning, we sail through the fascinating Rhine Gorge, passing castle after castle and the infamous Lorelei Rock. This afternoon, we arrive in Rüdesheim and enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. During our free time, we can explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants. This evening, we visit the historic Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, housing a remarkable collection of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th to 20th centuries...BLD

Day 5
Speyer / Heidelberg

This afternoon, we arrive in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for the Speyer Cathedral and the Altportel (“old gate”), with its 13th century gate tower.  In Speyer, we can choose either a city tour of medieval Speyer or half day excursion to Heidelberg, where we  visit the red-walled Castle, with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th century wine cask, and enjoy  beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and the city of Heidelberg below. As an alternative, a guided bike tour is also available in Speyer (capacity controlled). Late this afternoon, the ship sails to Strasbourg, France...BLD

Day 6
Strasbourg, France

Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany. We enjoy a canal cruise in this picturesque town of black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges, and medieval watchtowers. We then take a walking tour through the narrow cobbled streets, see the European Parliament, and visit the La Petite France district, with its sandstone Gothic cathedral and famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is at  leisure. In the afternoon, a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) will take us past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique. The ship moors overnight...BLD

Day 7
Breisach / Colmar, France

Today, we can choose between a city tour of Colmar or a tour through the famous Black Forest region of Germany. On the Black Forest tour, we enjoy a drive through a scenic forested area of numerous lakes as well as charming examples of rural architecture. Our tour will include a stop at a cuckoo clock factory. As an alternative, we can choose to travel to medieval Colmar, situated along the Alsatian Wine Route and the self-proclaimed Capital of Alsatian Wine. During our city tour, we see remarkable half-timbered framed houses, the German-influenced Old Quarter filled with streets of unexpected twists and turns, the canals, and the Launch River. We also enjoy a wine cellar visit and a wine tasting, where we can enjoy several different wines, presented along with knowledgeable hosts and plenty of laughter. Late tonight, the ship set sails for Basel, Switzerland...BLD

Day 8
Basel, Switzerland / Disembarkation / Lucerne

Disembark after breakfast for a city tour of cosmopolitan Basel, long an important university, banking, and trade center. (Services for the Cruise-Only Program end after breakfast.) Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th century patrician homes. After free time for lunch (on your own), we depart for Lucerne, visiting the Lion Monument en route and arriving mid-afternoon to check into the hotel...B

Day 9
Lucerne

Situated on Lake Lucerne, this city is a medieval gem. After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour that will explore some of the city’s famous cobbled streets, monuments, fountain-embellished public squares, covered bridges, and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for watches, knives, and world-famous chocolates. Or, we can join the optional tour and cable car ride (seasonal) to the top of Mount Pilatus, the mountain that dominates the city. The  return trip down the mountain is on an engineering marvel—the world’s steepest cogwheel railway...B

Day 10
Lucerne / Zurich

Enjoy a free morning in Lucerne before checking out of the hotel. Afterwards, we cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. Upon arrival in Vitznau, we board a motor coach for a scenic drive to Zurich, where we check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure...B

Day 11
Zurich

Our morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include Grossmünster, St. Peter, with the largest church clock face in the world, Old Town, Town Hall, and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free to explore the town on your own...B

Day 12
Depart Zurich

After breakfast, transfer on your own to the airport for your return flight home...B

 

CRUISE & LAND PROGRAM
Zurich to Amsterdam Itinerary

Cruise-Only Program: Embark on Day 5, disembark on Day 12.

Day 1
Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland

Arrive in Zurich and transfer on your own to your hotel. Spend your day exploring this beautiful town...B

Day 2
Zurich

Your morning walking tour of picturesque Zurich will include Grossmünster, St. Peter, with the largest church clock face in the world, Old Town, Town Hall and Fraumünster, which was fully renovated in 2004 and now offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of Zurich. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the town on your own...B

Day 3
Zurich / Lucerne

After a free morning in Zurich, check out of the hotel. Depart for a scenic drive around the Lakes before reaching Lucerne. Upon arrival, enjoy a cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish...B

Day 4
Lucerne

Situated on Lake Lucerne, the city is a medieval gem. After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour that will explore some of the city’s famous cobblestone streets, monuments, fountain-embellished public squares, covered bridges and colorful frescoed buildings. The afternoon offers free time to shop for watches, knives and world-famous chocolates. Or, you can join the optional tour and cable car ride (seasonal) to the top of Mount Pilatus, the mountain which dominates the city. Then return trip from the mountain is on the engineering marvel—the world’s steepest cogwheel railway...B

The Cruise-Only Program begins with embarkation on Day 5 in Basel.

Day 5
Lucerne / Basel / Embarkation

This morning, depart from Lucerne, visiting the Lion Monument en route to Basel. Arrive in Basel for a city tour before embarking your luxurious river cruise ship. Switzerland’s second largest city is ideally located at the crossroads of Switzerland, France, and Germany. Long an important university, banking, and trade center, Basel’s glorious past is still evident in its medieval Town Hall and exquisite 18th century patrician homes. Tonight, gather on board for a Welcome Dinner...BD

Day 6
Breisach / Colmar, France

Today, you have three exciting excursions to choose from. The first one is a walking tour of Colmar and Riquewihr. Colmar is a medieval town situated along the Alsatian Wine Route. During your city tour you will see remarkable half-timbered framed houses, the German-influenced Old Quarter filled with streets of unexpected twists and turns, canals, and the Launch River. You will also visit Riquewihr, a picturesque town that still looks like it did in the 16th century. The second excursion you can choose from is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town situated along the Rhine River and houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit its historical city center and visit the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a gothic minster cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Alternatively, you can also choose a bike tour of Breisach (capacity controlled)...BLD

Day 7
Strasbourg, France / Speyer, Germany

Capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Ill River, where it flows into the Rhine on the border with Germany. Enjoy a canal cruise of this picturesque town, known for its black and white timber-framed buildings, covered bridges, and medieval watchtowers. Then take a walking tour through this charming town lined with narrow cobbled streets. See the European Parliament and visit the “La Petite France” district, where you will see the sandstone gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. In the afternoon, a guided bicycle tour (capacity controlled) will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and Place de la Republique...BLD

Day 8
Speyer / Heidelberg, Germany

This afternoon, arrive in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for the Speyer Cathedral, many churches and the Altpörtel (old gate) with a 13th century gate tower. Choose either a city tour of medieval Speyer or half day excursion to Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle, with its Great Vat, a 49,000-gallon 18th century wine cask, and beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and Heidelberg below. As an alternative, a guided bike tour is also available in Speyer (capacity controlled)...BLD

Day 9
Rüdesheim / Koblenz

After breakfast, arrive in Rüdesheim and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum. This historic museum houses one of the greatest collections of robotic and self-playing musical instruments from the 18th to 20th centuries. Afterwards, enjoy wine tasting with a local winery. Explore the Drosselgasse, a narrow alley lined with wine taverns and restaurants during your free time. This afternoon, you will cruise to 2,000-year-old Koblenz, located on the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. After dinner, your Cruise Manager will lead a walk through this charming town...BLD

Day 10
Cologne

Arrive in Cologne this morning, where you will enjoy a walking tour of Old Town and Cathedral Square. You will visit the spectacular 13th-century Gothic cathedral whose twin spires are among the tallest in Europe. Afterwards, you will have free time to linger in the cathedral, browse the many nearby shops, or perhaps enjoy a glass of Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer. As an alternative to a walking tour, enjoy a guided bike tour of Cologne (capacity controlled)...BLD

Day 11
Amsterdam

After arriving around noon, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the beautiful homes that line the water, the fabled Skinny Bridge, and the famous Anne Frank House. Then, enjoy a panoramic city tour, where you will see the great landmarks of Amsterdam including a photo stop at a Windmill. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Amsterdam before returning to the ship...BLD

Day 12
Disembarkation / Depart Amsterdam

Bid farewell to Amsterdam and transfer on your own to the airport for your homeward flight...B

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. Cruising days provide ample opportunities to relax on board, while shore excursions require a moderate amount of walking, often along uneven cobblestone streets and up and down stairs. To better accommodate our guests and their individual fitness levels, three levels of walking tours are offered whenever possible: "Regular Walkers" go at an average pace, "Gentle Walkers" proceed in a more relaxed manner, and "Active Walkers" move at a faster pace, which allows them some extra free time. Whenever possible, a "Late Starters" group is offered for guests who prefer to sleep in a bit.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures and Trip Cost

Price is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (listed below this chart).

START
CITY
DATES SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
ONLY
CRUISE &
LAND
Zurich Oct 12-23, 2014 AmaCelloBaselOct 16$3,199$4,359
Amsterdam Oct 13-24, 2014 AmaDolceAmsterdamOct 13$3,299$4,459
Zurich Oct 16-27, 2014 AmaDolceBaselOct 20$3,099$4,259
Amsterdam Oct 23-Nov 3, 2014 AmaCelloAmsterdamOct 23$3,099$4,259
Zurich Oct 26-Nov 6, 2014 AmaCelloBaselOct 30$2,999$4,159
Zurich Nov 9-20, 2014 AmaCelloBaselNov 13$2,699$3,859
Amsterdam Nov 9-20, 2014 AmaReinaAmsterdamNov 9$2,799$3,959
Zurich Nov 12-23, 2014 AmaReinaBaselNov 16$2,699$3,859
Amsterdam Nov 18-29, 2014 AmaCerto Amsterdam Nov 17 $2,699 $3,859
Amsterdam Mar 26-Apr 6, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamMar 26$2,499$3,659
Amsterdam Mar 30-Apr 10, 2015‡AmaCertoAmsterdamMar 30$2,599$3,759
Zurich Apr 2-13, 2015AmaCertoBaselApr 6$2,699$3,859
Amsterdam Apr 9-20, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamApr 9$2,799$3,959
Amsterdam Apr 13-24, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamApr 13$2,799$3,959
Zurich Apr 16-27, 2015AmaCertoBaselApr 20$2,999$4,159
Amsterdam Apr 22-May 3, 2015AmaSerenaAmsterdamApr 22$3,099$4,259
Zurich Apr 25-May 6, 2015AmaSerenaBaselApr 29$3,199$4,359
Amsterdam May 7-18, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamMay 7$3,299$4,459
Zurich May 10-21, 2015AmaCelloBaselMay 14$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam May 13-24, 2015AmaSonataAmsterdamMay 13$3,399$4,559
Zurich May 16-27, 2015AmaSonataBaselMay 20$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam May 21-Jun 1, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamMay 21$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam May 27-Jun 7, 2015AmaSonataAmsterdamMay 27$3,399$4,559
Zurich May 30-Jun 10, 2015AmaSonataBaselJun 3$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam Jun 4-15, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamJun 4$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam Jun 8-19, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamJun 8$3,399$4,559
Zurich Jun 11-22, 2015AmaCertoBaselJun 15$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Jun 22-Jul 3, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamJun 22$3,299$4,459
Zurich Jun 25-Jul 6, 2015AmaCertoBaselJun 29$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Jul 2-13, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamJul 2$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Jul 6-17, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamJul 6$3,299$4,459
Zurich Jul 9-20, 2015AmaCertoBaselJul 13$3,299$4,459
Zurich Jul 19-30, 2015AmaCelloBaselJul 23$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Jul 20-31, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamJul 20$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Jul 30-Aug 10, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamJul 30$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Aug 3-14, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamAug 3$3,299$4,459
Zurich Aug 6-17, 2015AmaCertoBaselAug 10$3,299$4,459
Zurich Aug 16-27, 2015AmaCelloBaselAug 20$3,399$4,559
Amsterdam Aug 27-Sep 7, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamAug 27$3,499$4,659
Zurich Aug 30-Sep 10, 2015AmaCelloBaselSep 3$3,599$4,759
Zurich Sep 13-24, 2015AmaCelloBaselSep 17$3,599$4,759
Amsterdam Sep 14-25, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamSep 14$3,599$4,759
Zurich Sep 17-28, 2015AmaCertoBaselSep 21$3,599$4,759
Amsterdam Sep 24-Oct 5, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamSep 24$3,599$4,759
Amsterdam Sep 28-Oct 9, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamSep 28$3,599$4,759
Zurich Oct 1-12, 2015AmaCertoBaselOct 5$3,599$4,759
Zurich Oct 11-22, 2015AmaCelloBaselOct 15$3,299$4,459
Amsterdam Oct 12-23, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamOct 12$3,499$4,659
Zurich Oct 15-26, 2015AmaCertoBaselOct 19$3,199$4,359
Amsterdam Oct 22-Nov 2, 2015AmaCelloAmsterdamOct 22$3,099$4,259
Zurich Oct 25-Nov 5, 2015AmaCelloBaselOct 29$2,999$4,159
Amsterdam Oct 26-Nov 6, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamOct 26$3,099$4,259
Zurich Oct 29-Nov 9, 2015AmaCertoBaselNov 2$2,999$4,159
Amsterdam Nov 4-15, 2015AmaSerenaAmsterdamNov 4$2,899$4,059
Zurich Nov 7-18, 2015‡AmaSerenaBaselNov 11$2,799$3,959
Zurich Nov 8-19, 2015AmaCelloBaselNov 12$2,799$3,959
Amsterdam Nov 9-20, 2015AmaCertoAmsterdamNov 9$2,799$3,959
Zurich Nov 12-23, 2015‡AmaCertoBaselNov 16$2,799$3,959
Amsterdam Nov 18-29, 2015‡AmaSerenaAmsterdamNov 18$2,799$3,959

‡ “In Celebration of Wine” cruise.

Price above is per person in Category E, a deluxe stateroom with a window. Cabin upgrades are available at additional cost (see below).

AmaCello Upgrade Pricing

Category Deck Stateroom 2014 2015
D Piano Window add $249 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $649 add $799
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $849 add $999
A Violin French Balcony add $979 add $1,099
S Violin French Balcony add $1999 add $2,299

AmaPrima, AmaReina, AmaCerto, AmaSerena & Cabin Upgrade Pricing

Category Deck Stateroom 2014 2015
D Piano Window add $249 add $299
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $649 add $799
BB Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1,149 add $1,299
BA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1,249 add $1,499
AB Violin/Cello French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1,449 add $1,699
AA Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1,649 add $1,899
AA+ Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $1,999 add $2,499
SS Violin French Balcony/Outside Balcony add $2649 add $2,999

AmaDolce Cabin Upgrade Pricing

Category Deck Stateroom 2014
D Piano Window add $249
C Violin/Cello French Balcony add $649
B Violin/Cello French Balcony add $849
A Violin French Balcony add $979
A+ Violin French Balcony add $1699
S Violin French Balcony add $1999

Single Supplement: 50% of Cruise Cost, additional $520-560 for Land Cost. 100% of Cruise and Land Cost for Junior Suites.

Port Charges: $161 per person

Ask at time of booking for Special Offers!

Round trip airfare packages are available. Call for details.

Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom, most with French balconies
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  •  “Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights” excursions
  • State-of-the-art Infotainment System in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library & English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding
  • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from Basel to Lucerne
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Lucerne including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Zürich including daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • All local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare; arrival/departure transfers; taxes or government fees; passports or visa fees baggage fees; travel, health, accident or other insurance vaccinations; laundry; any meals or beverages not specified in itinerary; optional excursions; gratuities or other items of services of a personal nature.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $400
100 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 121 days prior to departure: $200 per person
120-90 days prior: $400
89-60 days prior: 35% of cruise or trip price
59-30 days prior: 50% of cruise or trip price
29-7 days prior: 80% of cruise or trip price
6 days or fewer days prior: 100% of cruise or trip price

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Arrival & Departure Information

Amsterdam-Zurich Itinerary

Arrival & Meeting Place
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Suggested Arrival Airport
Amsterdam (airport city code AMS)

Embarkation
Date: Day 1
Amsterdam

Disembarkation
Basel, Switzerland
Date: Day 8, 9:00 am
End of services for Cruise-Only passengers.

Cruise & Land passengers continue on to Lucerne, Switzerland, and Zurich.
Days 8-9: Lucerne, Switzerland: Radison Blu Hotel or Schweizerhof Hotel (or similar)
Days 10-11: Zurich, Switzerland: M Gallery Zurich Hotel or Hotel Continental (or similar)

Departure
Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Day 12
Hotel checkout time: 10 am

Suggested Airport for Departure
Zurich (airport city code ZRH)

Zurich-Amsterdam Itinerary

Arrival & Meeting Place
Zurich, Switzerland
Date: Day 1
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Suggested Arrival Airport
Zurich (airport city code ZRH)

Cruise & Land passengers continue on to Lucerne, Switzerland, and Zurich.
Days 1-2: Zurich, Switzerland: M Gallery Zurich Hotel or Hotel Continental (or similar)
Days 3-4: Lucerne, Switzerland: Radison Blu Hotel or Schweizerhof Hotel (or similar)

Embarkation
Date: Day 5
Basel, Switzerland
Cruise-Only passengers join the trip on Day 5.

Disembarkation
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Day 12, 9:00 am

Suggested Airport for Departure
Amsterdam (airport city code AMS)

 

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL

You are responsible for making your own arrangements for flights to and from the cruise. You will find the lowest airfares by searching travel sites such as kayak.com or going to the airlines’ websites. Round trip airfare packages from New York are available through the cruise operator. Please contact Wilderness Travel for details.

Airlines with the most convenient schedules for this trip include:

Austrian Airlines
800-843-0002
www.aua.com/us/eng

British Airways
800-247-9297
www.ba.com

Lufthansa
800-399-5838
www.lufthansa.com

Air France
800-237-2747
www.airfrance.com

American Airlines
800-433-7300
www.aa.com

Delta Airlines
800-241-4141
www.delta.com

Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the U.S. one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport exactly, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of return to the U.S.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers. It is your responsibility to ensure your flight times coordinate with the arrival and departure logistics for this trip.

We recommend at least a two-hour connection time at the gateway city for the international flight. Although shorter connecting times are legal, you want to allow some time in case your domestic flight is delayed.

Flight Reconfirmations

Reconfirm your international flights 72 hours prior to departure to verify check-in and departure times and to learn of any last minute changes. We suggest you check your luggage all the way through from your hometown to your final destination.

Late Arrival

If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact the airlines immediately to rearrange your flight schedule. Once rescheduled, please contact our office at (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time, or leave a message after hours). Detailed information with local contacts will be included in your Final Documents.

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Should you wish to give family and friends an emergency contact number, please have them call our office. As it may be difficult, expensive, or even impossible to contact you for short periods (especially when you are traveling in remote regions), this should only be used in cases requiring your early return or an immediate phone call.

Wilderness Travel: (800) 368-2794 or (510) 558-2488.

<em>AmaPrima</em>

AmaPrima

(7 nights)

The 164-guest AmaPrima provides a most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator is one of the unique design elements found ...
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<em>AmaDolce</em>

AmaDolce

(7 nights)

The 146-guest AmaDolce made its debut in 2009. It features luxurious staterooms, most with French balconies, and includes spacious marble-appointed ...
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<em>AmaCerto</em>

AmaCerto

(7 nights)

The 164-guest AmaCerto is Inspired by classic ocean yachts, and provides the most distinctive river cruise experience. A magnificent glass elevator ...
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<em>AmaReina</em>

AmaReina

(7 nights)

The 164-passenger AmaReina, set to debut in 2014, features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. Exclusive ...
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<em>AmaCello</em>

AmaCello

(7 nights)

Decorated in a palette of gold and orange, the AmaCello debuted in 2008. Most staterooms, ranging in size form 170 to 225 square feet, feature ...
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